Vital Signs

Here you’ll find all the teacher and student resources you need to get started with Vital Signs!

Vital Signs

Vital Signs is one of three middle-school literacy learning games
in the Read to Lead Suite.

Episode Summaries and Resources

Program Overview

Learn about the pedagogical features of Vital Signs, especially as they relate to the Common Core Standards.

Getting Started

Pregame Lessons help students access prior knowledge and practice the essential 21st Century skills needed to be successful during gameplay.
Kick-Off Resources provide everything you need to roll out Vital Signs before students play the game.

Out of School Time: After and Summer School

Engage youth in a 7-9 day project that centers on leadership, collaboration, and civic engagement. Download our facilitator and pacing guides designed specifically for After and Summer School leaders.

Extension Lessons

Practice and apply the knowledge and skills learned during gameplay.

Unit 1: Responsibility

When the medical secretary discovers a link between a patient’s illness and a newly opened power plant, the staff at the Be Well Family Clinic must come together to serve not only their patients, but also the health and wellness of the broader Port Douglas community. With a new medical assistant just starting at the clinic alongside their seasoned medical and administrative staff, the medical director must diagnose and treat a variety of patients suffering from asthma, back pain, and even a mystery illness that requires a quick and accurate diagnosis.

Unit 2: Perspectives

The medical director must consider different points of view to manage operations at the clinic and navigate complex interpersonal issues with both patients and staff. Whether it is determining who should lead an important clinic project on environmental pollution, diagnosing a young patient who may or may not be suffering from anxiety, or helping a clinic staffer with a sick family member, the medical director needs to take in all sides of a story to determine the best course forward.